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The only thing that may save the human race is genetic manipulation. Out of our (by latest counts, some 30 000) genes, a few might require a little bit of knocking around to make the produce of testosterone less, or change its effects into the brain. Why can't being testosterone-filled mean, say, a sexual arousal caused by flowers during spring season.
Luck might be on our side. Consider that humanity's now so advanced that it is able to tinker with genes. We shall definitely tinker with ours. But the problem is, producing more intelligent and balanced human beings isn't likely on the top of the list. Consider, say, military research. They want to make humans able to tolerate more pain, or go on by less food. We are holding the key to our salvation, but instead use it to bash the skulls of our neighbours.
Is it ok?
Question: If we had the capability to genetically alter human characteristics like IQ, height, or strength, should society regard this ability as a boon or as a potential danger? L.L.
Answer: Technology is ethically neutral. It is the application of technology that raises ethical questions. When discussing medical advances, our job is to decide when it is proper to use new procedures and when restraint should be applied. Man was given the world with a mandate to rule over it, subdue it, and improve it. We take this mandate very seriously. However, we must use technology for noble purposes and anticipate the potential harmful effects technological advance may have on our fellow man (See: Judaism and Modern Technology).
Gene manipulation techniques are advancing exponentially and raise a host of ethical issues which could either promote the very flowering of evolution or reduce both us and the span of biota to an evolutionary wasteland - a robotic nightmare.
GENETICALLY modified tomatoes containing edible vaccine are to be used to challenge two of the world's most lethal viruses.
The aim is to create affordable vaccines for HIV and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) that could be easily grown and processed in the countries where they are most needed. So far, none of the 90 or so potential vaccines against HIV have proved successful and, though a vaccine already exists for HBV, it is too expensive to be used by poorer countries.
Originally posted by redled
As for IQ, try feeding them properly, IQ has grown so dramatically because we are properly fed, especially when young.
Originally posted by PinealGlandThoth
This is exactly the path that the government and the Anunnaki (if you believe in them) would want you to travel and think of. This is not a good thing when we can tinker with genes. It implies control over other beings which as shown over the course of history usually leads to corruption and evil.
Western civilization is still implicitly based on Christian theology in our ideas of dominion over nature and the rule of divine order. This invites religious thinkers into a dangerous liaison where they espouse the use of genetic technology to fulfill God's supposed divine plan.